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Storytelling in SiberiaThe Olonkho Epic in a Changing World$
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Robin P. Harris

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041280

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041280.001.0001

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Effects of Change During the Soviet Era

Effects of Change During the Soviet Era

(p.33) Chapter 2 Effects of Change During the Soviet Era
Storytelling in Siberia

Robin P. Harris

University of Illinois Press

This chapter begins the historical narrative of the book, recounting Sakha descriptions of olonkho performance practice during the pre-Revolutionary years and throughout the Soviet era. This historical overview reveals constant pendulum swings in the policies of the state, from support of folklorized versions of olonkho to marginalization and even brutal suppression. The gripping accounts documented in this chapter reveal the role of orality in the lives of the early olonkhosuts, the continuing influence of one set of olonkho recordings, and the slow decline of olonkho performance until its virtual disappearance before the demise of the Soviet Union.

Keywords:   Change, historical, pre-Revolutionary, Soviet, state, olklorized, marginalization, orality, olonkhosuts, recordings

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